Swachchakar Dignity

A blog to give you first hand reports on the conditions of Swachchkar community, their issues and concerns. A campaign for complete abolition of scavenging practices and brigning forth the growing voices of change with in the community.

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Learning through working. Working at the grassroots made me realise the big difference between those who claim to represent communities as well as the communities themselves. Common man is crushed between the ambitions of various individuals to lead and dominate. The dominant and high numbered communities will always dominate our discourse and the most marginalised are losing in this entire discourse. That is the reason why Mushahar remain at the marginalised and the issue of manual scavenging still not on our top agenda and to eliminate that the community has to decide its own organisations..

I am devoted to freedom of ideas and expression. I personally feel that we in the subcontinent want to dominate and control our discourse and each one of is a ultra nationalist in terms of their caste and community. Nationalism is not just national and political but it is equally in term of religion and caste. I feel each kind of nationalism is a dominant discourse which deny the dissenter a right to speak.

At the end, we all want to listen the truth suitable to us.. we have become expertised in the art of speaking truth of convenience. As long as that remain hall mark of our society and we speak to already converts, this society will remain stagnant, it will always try to control our ideas and choices. We need to oppose any such perception, ideas that want to control our mind and victimise us.

To understand India further, I feel, it is good to do foot walk, ( Padyatras) to various parts of the country. I have so far done it thrice covering nearly 1500-2000 kilometers. It is always interesting to see how people are coping their issues and what is the reason of their exploitation.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Balmiki woman elected Sarpanch in Haryana

Dalit woman elected sarpanch in khapland
Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN, Jul 8, 2010, 05.53am IST

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Tags:dalit|Jat|sarpanch|Rani Devi|Raju Balmiki

HISAR: Caste may have split Mirchpur — where two dalits were burnt alive in a caste violence blamed on Jats about three months back — but hardly 40km away, a Jat-dominated Serhada village has done something unbelievable: it unanimously elected a dalit woman as its sarpanch.

Rani Devi, wife of Raju Balmiki was among 24 candidates for the post, which was reserved for a general category woman.

In a break from the prevailing trend in caste-ridden state, representatives of all castes sat together and decided to elect Rani Devi as the village sarpanch.

"Our decision is a reply to the political leaders with vested interests in the Mirchpur incident. We have set a positive example," said Master Abhay Singh Lathar, a village elder, who chaired the proceedings to elect Rani.

Wife of a poor shepherd, Rani, who is in her early 30s, was surprised when she was informed about the decision taken by the village khap. "I am daughter-in-law of this village, and now I have the responsibility towards each family living here. Though we were a part of their families on all occasions, this would further strengthen our bond," said Rani.

She got 1,384 votes out of 1,702 from this block. There were 24 women candidates left after the withdrawal of nominations.

In a panchayat held two days before the election, under the leadership of Lathar, all the 36 communities presented in the meeting decided unanimously to vote for a dalit woman.

"The government should declare our village as a model village. We all want prosperity for everyone. We have full faith in Rani Devi," said Raghuveer Lathar and Jagbeer Poonia, panchayat members.

Times of India, Delhi, July 8th, 2010

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

好棒的地方 我一定要常來~~~^^~..................................................................

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog, great decision by Great Jats.

12:11 AM  

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